Google has announced that it will no longer offer free unlimited storage for Google Photos users starting June 1st, 2021. The search giant will count your data usage across services such as Gmail, Google Drive going forward. While all photos and videos backed up to Google Photos will not count towards your storage quota, starting June 1st, any additional photos backed up will eat into your 15GB of free storage. While for most users who are invested in Google Photos, a Google One subscription makes the most sense, there are other options to consider.
There’s iCloud for Apple users, Microsoft’s OneDrive and the newest Made In India entrant, DigiBoxx. For those unaware, DigiBoxx is an Indian digital file storage and sharing platform launched by Niti Aayog.
To help you decide whether you should stay on Google One or make a switch, we’ve compared all four cloud storage services so you can pick the plan that’s best for you.
What is DigiBoxx: Indian digital file storage and sharing platform?
As the name suggests, Digiboxx is a digital file storage and sharing platform developed in India by NITI Aayog. The service comes with affordable plans for individual users. It also has different plans for enterprise and business users as well.
The DigiBoxx team announced that all data on the platform will be stored on Indian servers. The new cloud storage platform comes with a slew of features.
DigiBoxx works just like any other cloud storage service with features like support for multiple file formats, real-time access and editing, and the ability to apply metadata for easy search. Users will also be able to organise their files with labels, sections, and filters.
Additionally, DigiBoxx will also allow users to send heavy files to others with InstaShare option. This features works along the lines of WeTransfer. Users don’t need to have a DigiBoxx account to share files. They can simply provide their email ID, phone number, receiver’s email ID, select files and send.
How to use DigiBoxx and InstaShare?
In order to use DigiBoxx, users need to sign up for a free or paid account on the platform. Below are the steps to start using the service.
- Visit DigiBoxx sign-up page
- Select the plan you want to join and click on ‘Join Now’
- Enter your Digispace name
- Provide your details including name, email id, mobile number, address, industry, city, country, state, and zipcode
- Digiboxx will send an OTP to your mobile number, enter that and click on ‘Complete registration’ on next page
Digiboxx will then send you login credentials on the email id you provided during registration, which can then be used to log in to the platform.
The DigiBoxx InstaShare lets users send heavy files to other users without having to sign up for the service. To use the feature, follow the below steps.
- Visit the official DigiBoxx website and click on InstaShare button in the top-right corner
- Click on the ‘+’ icon to add your files
- Enter details like receiver’s email id, your email id and mobile number
- DigiBoxx will send an OTP to the mobile number used, enter that and click on ‘Share files’
How to buy DigiBoxx subscription?
As mentioned before, users can purchase DigiBoxx subscription from the official website while signing up. The platform is offering monthly and yearly plans starting as low as Rs 30 per month. Users can make payment using multiple online payment modes.
DigiBoxx vs Google One vs Apple iCloud vs Microsoft OneDrive: free storage
The newly launched DigiBoxx offers a free account to new users with 20GB of complimentary storage. Users can upload maximum file size of 2GB, enjoy Gmail integration, unlimited external collaborations, SSL encryption, real-time collaboration and web preview.
In comparison, Google users get 15GB of free storage that’s shared across Google Drive, Gmail, and Google Photos. Apple, on the other hand, offers only 5GB of free storage to new users when they sign up for iCloud. Lastly, Microsoft OneDrive also offers 5GB free storage to new users.
DigiBoxx vs Google One vs Apple iCloud vs Microsoft OneDrive: monthly plans
DigiBoxx monthly plans in India
- DigiBoxx basic plan – free
- Individuals/Freelancers – starts at Rs 30 per month
- SMBs – starts at Rs 999 per month
- Enterprise – customised
Coming to the monthly plans, apart from the free account, DigiBoxx also offers individual and business plans. The individual plans are priced at Rs 30, Rs 90, Rs 120 and Rs 199 offering 100GB, 500GB, 1TB and 2TB storage, respectively. The business plans are priced at Rs 999, Rs 1,499, Rs 2,999 and Rs 3,499. The plans offer 500GB, 1TB, 2TB and 5TB space, respectively. The first two plans can be used by up to 50 users, whereas the latter two support up to 200 users. DigiBoxx also offers an enterprise-grade customised solution for corporate and it can be bought by contacting the pre-sales team.
Google One monthly plans in India
- Google Drive 15GB basic plan – free
- Google One 100GB plan – Rs 130 per month
- Google One 200GB plan – Rs 210 per month
- Google One 2TB plan – Rs 650 per month
- Google One 10TB plan – Rs 3,250 per month
- Google One 20TB plan – Rs 6,500 per month
- Google One 30TB plan – Rs 9,750 per month
Coming to Google Drive, users will need to get a Google One Plan in case they want to expand storage beyond the initial 15GB. Google offers seven plans to its usersh.
For basic users, Google offers Google One Plans priced at Rs 130 per month or Rs 1,300 per year, Rs 210 per month or Rs 2,100 per year, and Rs 650 per month or Rs 6,500 per year. The Rs 130 Google Plan offers 100GB, Rs 210 Google One plan provides 200GB and lastly the Rs 650 Google One plan offers 2TB storage.
For heavy users, Google is offering 10TB, 20TB, and 30TB plans priced at Rs 3,250/month, Rs 6,500/month, and Rs 9,750/month. Google is offering these plans only in a monthly subscription plan.
Apple iCloud monthly plans in India
- Apple iCloud basic plan – free
- iCloud 50GB – Rs 75 per month
- iCloud 200GB – Rs 219 per month
- iCloud 2TB – Rs 749 per month
Apple also offers three plans providing 50GB, 200GB and 2TB storage to iCloud users. The base plan is priced at Rs 75 per month and is the most popular plan according to the Apple website. The 200GB option retails at Rs 219 per month, whereas the 2TB plan will set users back by Rs Rs 749 per month.
Microsoft OneDrive monthly plans in India
- OneDrive Basic – free
- OneDrive Standalone – Rs 140 per month
- OneDrive Personal – Rs 489 per month
- OneDrive Family – Rs 619 per month
Just like the other three services, OneDrive also offers four plans including the basic free plan with 5GB storage. The next option is OneDrive Standalone plan for Rs 140 per month, which offers 100GB space on OneDrive. The next two plans are priced at Rs 489 (Rs 4,899 annual) and Rs 619 (Rs 6,199 annual) as part of Microsoft 365 bundle. The former offers 1TB of OneDrive storage along with all Microsoft Office apps. The top-end plan provides sharing between six individuals with 1TB storage for each, totalling to 6TB of OneDrive space along with Microsoft Office apps.
DigiBoxx vs Google Drive vs Apple iCloud vs Microsoft OneDrive: compatibility
Currently, DigiBoxx is available only on Android and web platforms. However, the company has announced that they will roll out the iOS app very soon. The Microsoft OneDrive is cross-compatible with Windows 8 or above, macOS X 10.12 or later, Android 6.0 or later and iOS 13 or later. Lastly, Apple’s iCloud is exclusive only to iOS and macOS users.